Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every situation
1 Thessalonians 3:16
Looking back through some pictures of our vacation a few summers ago, took me back to the early morning quiet of our little cabin by Lake McDonald. It was a picture-perfect cool [cold] July morning in Glacier Park. Peaceful would be the best word to describe this morning as the sun was shimmering across the still water. It was a place of peace.
Peace. . . Peace. . . Peace. . .
There are a number of “things” competing for peace around me. So much is clamoring around my mind, my heart, my body.
It might be the time of year . . . the calendar has turned to August which means summer vacation time is quickly coming to an end.
It might be things not done . . .well intended plans, the mini-to-do list with things unchecked, things not completed or finished.
It might be putting the schedules on fast-forward . . . thinking about the busyness that wants to steal us away from each other.
It might be ready for the next season in our life . . .but His time is not right.
It might be deep heart concerns for people we love . . . those we care so deeply for, yet relationships are hurt and broken.
It might be a desire for quiet, for solitude . . . knowing that it’s hard to come by.
I want that continual Peace. I want the peace promised to me in 1 Thessalonians. But what I realized today, the peace I want, the peace my heart needs, this peace is not found in a place. This peace is not found in a relationship, or a job, or a finished to-do list.
It’s not a place I can go to, it’s not a place I can find on the map. It’s not out there . . . it’s in here . . . here in my heart.
So when it’s a morning where an alarm clock is waking me up, calendar event notifications are popping up on the computer, the timer on the oven warns that toast will burn . . . I will lean in close and listen to Him who offers me His Peace. The Peace that trumps all chaos and busyness and hurts is mine when I live in Him. I hear His voice reminding me in all situations He continually grants me His Peace.
People come and people go. Places are dots on a map. Pictures and souvenirs are tucked away.
The Prince of Peace will never leave me. He will never turn His back on me. His Peace continually breathes on me.